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Houston Grand Opera Announces Its Next Season

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Expanding to include a seventh opera, a gung-ho Houston Grand Opera today announced its upcoming 2012-13, which will include four new productions.

Without further ado, here's the season:

Puccini: La bohème* October 19 - November 10, 2012 Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers* October 26 - November 11, 2012 Song of Houston- East + West: Korean Opera November 5, 2012 Kern / Hammerstein: Show Boat* January 18 - February 9, 2013 Mozart: Don Giovanni January 25 - February 10, 2013 Martinez / Foglia: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna March 22-24, 2013 Wagner: Tristan and Isolde* April 18 - May 5, 2013 Verdi: Il trovatore April 26 - May 11, 2013 Song of Houston - East + West: Japan Opera Dates and Location TBA, April 2013

The asterisks denote a new production.

"The company has added a full subscription series and several single-ticket performances to the 2012-13 season, bringing the total number of performances to 44, an increase of 37 percent over the last several seasons," HGO announced.

Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers said: "Our subscription audience has increased significantly over the past six years, as have our single ticket sales. Contrary to the trend among opera companies right now, Houston Grand Opera is growing, Our audiences are enjoying the quality of the artistic experience we offer them. In adding performances, we are responding to increased demand, and that is thrilling."

Managing Director Perryn Leech also said: "Our main goal in planning a season is to deliver brilliant performances. It is exciting to add dates to our calendar and to bring more opera to the city we serve, and we want to provide a magnificent experience every time. We are committed to engaging the most interesting and important artists of our time -- conductors, singers, directors and designers -- to create great opera with us in Houston."

For more information about each performance, go to houstongrandopera.org.

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